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Stressed Out? It's Alright to Cry

Stressed Out? It's Alright to Cry

I feel better after a good cry, do you? It is said that humans are the only animals that shed emotional tears. Crocodile tears just don’t really count now, do they?

Although still as yet unproven, scientists believe crying is an important stress release for a couple of reasons. One is that weeping, aka emotional crying, is probably a necessary biological action, since no human behavior has ever continuously evolved unless it somehow contributed to survival. Another is that tears might be a means of releasing toxins from the body, similar to sweating. Perhaps that is why so many folks feel better after a good cry. Not only is it emotionally liberating, it might just alter body chemistry a bit. In fact, emotional tears have a different chemical composition than tears caused by irritants, such as onions.

So if you feel stressed out and on the verge of tears, you should let them out. Find a place where you feel safe, and release the floodgates. It's alright to cry. Do you remember that song from the Free to Be You and Me soundtrack? Want to see the video of football great Rosey Grier singing it? Then


pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I know if I get so stressed out and upset crying really does help. It somehow lets everything go. I have ruined makeup after that - but at least I feel better. :)
Phil Phil 10 years
Gah, I'm racking my mind trying to remember what movie that's from! Crying is refreshing every now and again. It reminds me that I'm still human and haven't become unreasonably calloused.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
I foget which movie it is but someone has a line "it's alright, it's been awhile since I've had a good cry." I think of that from time to time when I am stressed or PMSing and just feel like "a good cry."
krisua krisua 10 years
Very true. Crying really helps pouring the distress out.
maeve maeve 10 years
Free to be You and Me! That record rocks - loved it as a kid! "It's alright to cry, crying takes the sad out of you!" Very true.
Athena1 Athena1 10 years
Well, I know I feel better after a good breakdown.
Daylyn Daylyn 10 years
And they say crying doesn't do anything for you! Awesome post!
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